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Stories from the Jury Room: How Jurors Use Narrative to Process Evidence


John M. Conley


University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law

Robin H. Conley


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Anthropology


Studies in Law, Politics, & Society, Vol. 49, p. 25, 2009
UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1510290

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This paper analyzes the ways in which jurors use everyday storytelling techniques in their deliberations. It begins by reviewing the literature on how jurors receive and process evidence, emphasizing narrative and storytelling. It then presents some new, qualitative linguistic data drawn from actual jury deliberations, which shed light on jurors' standards of evidence and proof, as well as on the persuasive tactics they use in dealing with each other. Although these data are limited, they provide an interesting basis for assessing existing ideas about jury evidence-processing and thinking more broadly about the strengths and weaknesses of the jury system.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: jury, jury deliberations, narrative, storytelling

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Date posted: November 21, 2009 ; Last revised: November 23, 2009

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Conley, John M. and Conley, Robin H., Stories from the Jury Room: How Jurors Use Narrative to Process Evidence. Studies in Law, Politics, & Society, Vol. 49, p. 25, 2009; UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1510290. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1510290

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John M. Conley (Contact Author)
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law ( email )
Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, 160 Ridge Road
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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
United States
919-962-8502 (Phone)
Robin H. Conley
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Anthropology ( email )
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1553
United States
310-206-7833 (Fax)
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